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Alternatives to Buxus hedge?

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 19:18

The smaller leaved ones tend to be a bit hardier BL. Biggest problem up here is wet, so if they get adequate drainage and a sheltered position, most of those do ok. We tend to get overall very low temps right through winter (between zero and three/four degrees) rather than spells of very hard frost.

I'd agree though - a spell of minus five or below for more than a few days can be dicey - for the bigger leaved varieties especially  

Help with a new hedge

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 18:52

Good advice from Tetley there Susan. Preparation is key, and  will pay dividends - the plants will get off to the best start possible if you give them some nourishment. Don't worry about wind and weather when you're planting hawthorn and blackthorn - it's an ideal choice for keeping livestock in/out for a good reason! 

Tarmac is usually fairly easy to shift with a pickaxe once you get going. No harm in giving it a try 


Posted: 07/01/2016 at 18:46
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Oooooo, "vile" everywhere?  Got friends in high places ....could almost sunbathe here 

Comfrey. Can we juice it and drink it?

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 18:35

You try it if you want Edd 

I'll stick with tea thanks 


Posted: 07/01/2016 at 18:33

Evening all. Vile here too doc. It was 2 degrees and sleet, hail and rain from lunchtime. We're to get snow and sub zero temps by tomorrow.  

Wonks- your strong spirit will get you through, but you're being treated shabbily by the landlord by the sound of it.  Good advice from 'our' lovely doc about the pain too - it does drag you down and make other things worse. Don't suffer unnecessarily. I know what you mean about the yummy mummy types as well - get on your wick don't they? 

Bolognese on the go for dinner - need something comforting and hearty tonight methinks 

Help needed for a gardener wannabe!

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 08:08

HI Liz - if that was mine, I'd either make it wider to give more scope, put in a hedge, or keep it very simple with repeated planting of a structural type to keep it easy to maintain. I'd personally opt for the last one.

You won't want to spend much time gardening there if you have a back garden and a busy life. The back will always take priority, and a straightforward neat front garden is an asset. 

Can you help identify what's on my plants?

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 08:02

Janette - it's likely to be one of the mealy bugs by the sound of it. They sap suck and are a common  issue on lots of indoor plants like succulents etc. I know nothing about orchids, but if you google mealy bugs, I expect you might get some photos and you may be able to ID the problem 


Posted: 07/01/2016 at 07:59

Morning all/afties Pat. Nice pie  

Gosh - you all chat late at night - I'm well asleep by half eleven! 

Dark and wet here. Still no let up in the north east and more snow and rain forecast for tomorrow. We may get some frost then snow here too. 

Clari - large parts of the north east are cut off, and as soon as the snow gates shut at Glenshee - any time now - it makes even more difficult. Very big diversions to get anywhere. It's the nature of our landscape in the Highlands - one main route to the north east from the south.

Glad your holiday is settling down  now Hosta. We could do with some of those temps back here in the old country. Can you send some please? 

This crazy climate

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 21:00

I have a definite 'pair' of blackies too David. I'm thrilled they're in the garden at all - it's taken a while to get them visiting regularly. I think there's another pair as well - I often see two males and two females at the same time in different parts of the garden. 

I went out at lunchtime to put a little bit more out for them and saw a little goldcrest in at the feeder in the conifer. 


help with plant choice please!

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 18:26

Should have said - the garden looks great already kbgreen 

I also should have asked you what your soil conditions etc are like. Most of the plants I mentioned like reasonable moisture - never an issue here. You might need to add a decent amount of manure and a mulch to retain moisture until plants are established.  Another useful plant is Hellebore. They're great at this time of year and into spring. I also have Pulsatillas (Pasqueflowers) which flower at Easter time. They're delightful little perennials and very easy. 

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